How is your family? Adventuress? Cosmopolitan? Do you prefer a campsite to a resort or vice versa? This is the selection that we have made of destinations in Asia for families according to your tastes and your preferences to plan a trip.
1. Maldives Islands (Republic of Maldives)
They are located in the Indian Ocean, in South Asia, and they are a true paradise. You have to visit its capital, Malé, because it is the perfect opportunity to meet the islanders, but if something is worthwhile in the Maldives is to enjoy its incredible beaches, its crystal clear waters, and its wonderful resorts (located directly on the seawater).
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the islands from a seaplane or to dive or snorkel. The seabed of this ecosystem is impressive and you can see dolphins, rays, sharks, and turtles. During the night there is a unique show in the ocean in the area: bioluminescence. The phytoplankton present in the water projects a fluorescent light that is perfectly visible in the dark.
2. Pulau Redang Island (Malaysia)
Southeast Asia has a multitude of islands ideal for a dream vacation. Redang Island has paradisiacal beaches of fine white sand and is bathed by turquoise waters that are home to thousands of species.
The perfect place to snorkel is the Pulau Redang Marine Park where you can see fish, coral, and turtles. For lovers of diving, this area is the best since you can enjoy good dives. You will find sunken ships belonging to the Second World War.
Tuluk Dalam beach is one of the most beautiful on the island, it has a public and a private area to which you will have access through The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort hotel, one of the best.
3. Jungle of Borneo (Indonesia)
The Borneo rainforest is one of the most primitive places on Earth because, fortunately, it has not been manipulated by human hands. Crossing and traversing from end to end one of the largest islands in the world is, without a doubt, a great adventure.
The journey would start from Balikpapan until reaching the other part, where the Sungai Kapuas river is located. The interesting thing is between those two points, in the Muller mountain range. It is famous for its slopes and its great rivers. The journey is complicated so it would not be a suitable trip to go with small children. In addition, it is essential to go with a guide.
4. Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and has several points of interest such as the Viharamahadevi Park, the Independence Memorial Hall, the Gangaramaya Temple, or the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. But if something is worth getting to know this environment one hundred percent, it is to travel the island from end to end.
Polonnaruwa has a vast archaeological site where the Three Buddhas of Gal Vihara stand out. In the town of Ella, it is advisable to hike to the top of Little Adam’s Peak. In the Minneriya National Park, you can do safaris in a 4 × 4, and in Sigiriya, it is worth climbing to the top of the Lion Rock at more than 400 meters high, which emerged as the result of a volcanic eruption.
The Dambulla Caves and the Nuwara Eliya tea fields are an essential stop, as well as the spectacular beaches of the country, where those of Unawatuna, Mirissa, and Medaketiya stand out.
5. Bali (Indonesia)
Bali is one of the most visited destinations in Asia for families as it offers multiple options for all kinds of tastes. Its wild nature, its incredible temples, its paradisiacal beaches, its waterfalls, lakes, and volcanoes will make this place become one of your favorites.
Without a doubt, it has a lot to visit and it is advisable to organize a trip that lasts at least twenty days, but these are some of its essentials. The rice terraces in Tegallalang perfectly embody the day-to-day of the country’s rural tradition, as it is the main crop and source of food for its people. The Batur and Batran volcanoes are recommended, as well as the temples of Pura Besakih, Ulun Danu, Pura Lempuyang, or Tirta Gangga. The best known beaches are Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur Beach and Seminyak . These last two are the most frequented by tourists.
7. Tokyo (Japan)
This city is active 24 hours a day. Akihabara is the ideal neighborhood for lovers and fans of manga, anime, and the world of video games. Furthermore, it is in this area where the well-known “capsule hotels” are located. There are several viewpoints from where you can appreciate the Tokyo skyline, the Mori Tower, and the Tokyo Skytree stand out, which are more than 600 meters high.
The Shibuya neighborhood is another essential, it is the largest zebra crossing in the world, and on the artificial island of Odaiba, you can enjoy an afternoon of attractions, shops, and shopping centers. Shinjuku and Ginza stand out for the modernity of their architecture and their exclusive brands. The Ueno Park and Sensoji Temple will provide an opportunity to stroll through calmer environments without many people.
8. Singapore City (Singapore)
Singapore is a city-state, so its capital is the city that bears the same name. It has a very innovative urban model. Gardens by the Bay is one of the most beautiful gardens and has the Supertree Grove, structures that store photovoltaic energy to shed light at night.
Little India, the Arab Quarter, and Chinatown are the most emblematic neighborhoods. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the most famous hotel complexes and one of the essential ones. It has the longest above-ground pool in the world and is 200 meters high. Merlion Park, Clarke Quay, and the Peranakan Terrace Houses are also popular tourist spots.
9. Route of the Temples (Thailand)
A route through the most important temples in Thailand will bring you closer to the culture and religion of the country and you will also get to know its three main cities: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai, as well as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
In Bangkok stand out the Wat Traimit, a Buddha of 5.5 tons of solid gold, and the Grand Palace along with its temple Wat Phra Kaew. In Ayutthaya, there are four must-see visits: Wat Mahathat, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Chai Wattanaram, and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Finally in Sukothai, declared a World Heritage Site, you must see the beautiful complex of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang.
In Chiang Rai is the famous white temple Wat Rong Khun. To finish the adventure, it is necessary to travel to Chiang Mai where Mount Doi Suthep is located with its Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple and the last two: Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.
10. The route of the Shikoku temples (Japan)
Known as the “Japanese Camino de Santiago”, this route attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. This 1,400-kilometer journey is located in the Shikoku region and takes about six weeks to complete. The 88 temples that it runs through are incredible but we know that it is difficult to be able to do the full path. For this reason, we recommend you to take a three-day tour with which you can live the experience of a pilgrimage in the most traditional Japanese style.
The adventure begins with a visit to Ryozenji in Tokushima, the first temple on the tour, and then Gokurajuki and Konsenji. On the second day you arrive at the fourth sacred temple, that of Dainichiji; to the fifth, that of Zijozi and to the sixth after a climb of 785 steps, Kotohira Gu. Finally, on the last day, you have to travel to Yoshima where the Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site, is located.
11. Koh Phra Thong Island (Thailand)
If you want to know Thailand from a less crowded point of view and where you can enjoy the tranquility and friendliness of its people, that place is the island of Koh Phra Thong. Being a place rarely visited by tourists, transport must be arranged with the accommodation on the island. They will tell you where they will pick you up and the price. Despite the complications, it is well worth it.
You will live with snakes, lizards, hermit crabs, frogs, and sea turtles. Do not miss the opportunity to snorkel, dive or kayak through the mangroves. You can also enjoy incredible beaches with practically no people where you can watch movie sunsets and sunrises. On the island, the Golden Buddha resort stands out, the most famous and which also has twelve kilometers of virgin beach.